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Fatty liver and hep c

I had an ultrasound done and the results came back with this: "Liver has a coarse inhomogeneous echotexture throughout suggesting possible fatty infiltration."  What effect does the fatty liver have on hep c and the function of my liver?  Also does the hep c have anything to do with the "fatty infiltration?"  I have tried looking up some articles but I am coming up pretty empty handed or very minimal information.  I am not an overweight person... okay maybe I can drop 10 pounds but what can I say I like to eat : ).By the way I am going to go ahead with the biopsy however start treatment right after the biopsy...I hope.  I don't want to wait 2 more weeks for the biopsy results since no matter what I am going to treat.  
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I always thought the fatty liver to be associated with excess wt, but what do I know? Sandi is the expert on that one.
good choice on doing the biopsy, you want to know EVERYTHING about your liver that you can.
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I read that fatty liver is associated with genotype 3. Do you know your genotype?
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I'm a genotype 3a VL 21900 32 yr old female ALT 89 AST 54(hey I'm getting pretty good spitting out my stats.)  I thought fatty liver had to do with obesity however I'm not obese.  I'm about 145 lbs. and 5'4". I did read a few things where there were association made between 3's and fatty liver however no clarifications on why or how.  Would this be any indication/cause of increased damage to the liver?  Or does this have any effect on my ability to respond/not respond to treatment?
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I have fatty liver and mine is due to alcohol use. I am of ideal weight. Now that I don't drink anymore I was told the fatty deposits will decrease. Some THEORIES say that people with fatty liver may be harder to treat, yet I have seen no actual proven studies.
From what I understand fatty liver alone does not cause much of a problem, what you have to be concerned with is fibrosis. If you were a drinker or your diet was the culprit, once you correct that problem your fatty liver will also. Do your searches on steatosis, the tech name for fatty liver.    Good Luck
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Hello,
Nice to see you here too! If you remember, I too have 3a but also have fatty liver. It is associated with, obesity, alcohol, or hep c. But, I do not know if there is any difference in tx. I don't really think so though.

Anyway, good to see you investigating all this.  :o}

Sincerely,
Dana
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Hey Dana,
I was wondering if you were the same "pain in the side" from the other forum. I saw another post of yours in one of the threads...I've read so many I'm not sure which one.
You know I did find a bunch of articles on the association of steatosis with Hep C and they are finding that it is related to genotype 3a.  I also found that it does have a direct corealation to an increase in fibrosis.  I am still reading about this but this has made my decision definite on getting a biopsy.  There was also another study done on the effects of treatment but there wasn't much information so I will continue my search.  I'm not sure if I can post the articles or links on this forum so I will play it safe and not do either.

cougar eyes thanks for the tip that helped tremendously in finding what I was looking for.  I guess it would help if I could get the actual terminology down.  : )
thanks
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